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28 July 2010

Is the Church Singing the Wrong Words? Part Four

I'm anxious to get to part five, but this is a good one, also. I won't elaborate on it, but I'd love to hear your feedback.

Misheard lyric #4:
If another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should intently and, grumbling, read that person their last rites fast.

Original lyric #4:
If another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path.

Here's a phrase that's very popular to say when we see problems in another church fellowship: “It’s sad that the Church shoots its wounded.” Yes, the Church regularly shoots its wounded. And the fact is, when troubles come our way, most of the time it's our first (and sometimes only) resort to load up the shotgun while thanking God that we’re not like that person who’s been caught in some sin.

Galatians 6:1-3 (NLT):
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

1 comments:

Christy said...

I think the main reason we are NOT doing this is because in general we are also deceived. It's easy to listen to Satan's lie that we "have no right to cast stones" because we are just "sinners saved by grace" (don't get me started on that one!). If we are abiding in Christ daily, not being enslaved to sin, then we do have the right to gently lead our brothers and sisters who are in sin back to Christ. We are to hold one another accountable. In doing so, we are also holding ourselves accountable in the process.

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